New Perspectives on Moche Political Organization (Dumbarton Oaks Pre-Columbian Symposia and Colloquia) (Hardcover)

By Jeffrey Quilter (Editor), Luis Jaime Castillo B. (Editor), Elizabeth P. Benson (Contribution by)

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection, 9780884023623, 388pp.

Publication Date: May 15, 2010

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Description

This volume brings together essays on the nature of political organization of the Moche, a complex pre-Inca society that existed on the north coast of Peru from c. 100 to 800 CE. Since the discovery of the royal tombs of Sip n in 1987, the Moche have become one of the best-known pre-Hispanic cultures of the Americas and the focus of a number of archaeological projects. But the nature of Moche political organization is still debated. Some scholars view the Moche as a monolithic state, others see a clear distinction between a northern and southern Moche polity, and yet others argue that the most accurate model is one in which each valley contained an independent polity. In a presentation of new data and new perspectives, the authors debate these competing theories. Based on a set of papers presented by sixteen international scholars at the Dumbarton Oaks Pre-Columbian Studies symposium held in Lima, Peru, in 2004, this volume marks an important point in the development of Moche archaeology and will be a landmark work in Pre-Columbian studies.